Buccaneers have muted 20th anniversary celebration of Super Bowl XXXVII win

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Twenty years ago today, the Buccaneers won Super Bowl XXXVII, their first ever NFL championship. Ten years ago, they made a big deal about the 10-year anniversary. For the 20th anniversary, the Bucs haven’t done much of anything.

The folks at JoeBucsFan.com pointed out earlier today that, as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the Bucs had done nothing. Since then, the team has posted a couple of tweets about the game, including a video with cornerback Ronde Barber breaking down some of the big plays.

The muted celebration traces to the fact that former Bucs coach Jon Gruden has become a pariah, in the eyes of ownership. Gruden’s emails to former Washington executive Bruce Allen contained multiple insults directed at co-owner Bryan Glazer.

After the emails forced Gruden out as coach of the Raiders, the Buccaneers removed Gruden from the team’s Ring of Honor.

11 responses to “Buccaneers have muted 20th anniversary celebration of Super Bowl XXXVII win

  1. “Not doing much of anything” is the appropriate tribute to the effort Bill Callahan put in that game.

  2. It seems ridiculous that the organization can’t celebrate the team’s overall achievement. Football championships are routinely won by men without sterling characters. Yet we somehow still celebrate the Packers winning in spite of what Brett Favre did or the Giants winning in spite of what Lawrence Taylor did or the ’70s teams which all won while taking PEDs.

  3. Some people believe that game was fixed because it was reported that the Raiders went from a ground heavy game plan back to their normal aerial assault that Gruden knew by heart … Was Callahan trying to stick it to Al Davis? Its doubtful because no HC wants to be embarrassed in a SB loss but when Robbins the center went AWOL, the Raiders backup was more suited to pass protection than run blocking.
    Fix or not, the Raiders did it to themselves with Robbins costing them but people still question what Callahan was trying to do in terms of preparing for the game.

  4. Imagine being so ungrateful that you can’t even celebrate your own team’s super bowl when several teams don’t even have one, and the Bucs only have 2. It’s like someone pretending their child doesn’t exist because they have a second one that’s “better” first of only 2 super bowls in team history.

  5. That whole game and everything leading up to it just had a weird vibe. Not only the Callahan shenanigans, that was also where when Barrett Robbins went off the reservation. I think there are a LOT of stories to be told around XXXVII, but many of them won’t come to light until those involved have passed on.

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